New McLaren ready for France?

Indianapolis might be the last outing of the McLaren MP4-19, as the development B spec car could be in action at Magny Cours for the French Grand Prix. After the American leg of the championship McLaren will have one more chance to test the 19B,...

Indianapolis might be the last outing of the McLaren MP4-19, as the development B spec car could be in action at Magny Cours for the French Grand Prix. After the American leg of the championship McLaren will have one more chance to test the 19B, at Jerez, before the next back-to-back events of France and Britain. The results of that test will decide if the new car will race.

"We are hoping Jerez will be a successful test, which we believe it will be," said McLaren CEO Martin Whitmarsh, according to the BBC. "If it is, we will bring the car to the French Grand Prix, although we will be driven by the performance at the test."

The 19B had its track debut at Silverstone testing in early June with Kimi Raikkonen behind the wheel. The indications were that it was a successful few days and team principal Ron Dennis was keen to take the new car to Canada. However, it was decided that would be a rash move and to wait until more testing had been done.

"It still hasn't passed all of the necessary checks," said technical director Adrian Newey, after the Silverstone session. "The (test) has increased our confidence and, while there's still no firm decision, I think France is a sensible and realistic target."

Whitmarsh believes the 19B will be an improvement on the current car but is not about to put it into competition until he's fully satisfied. "We're being cautiously optimistic on this occasion," he said. "But we have to make sure that rather than knee-jerk into bringing a car to the circuit before it is properly developed, we do the right amount of work on the test track."

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Series Formula 1
Drivers Adrian Newey , Martin Whitmarsh
Teams McLaren